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Insurer names chief medical officer

December 14, 2016
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James Forshee
James Forshee. Courtesy Priority Health

A man with more than 25 years of health care experience — both as a physician and an executive — is the new chief medical officer at a locally based insurer.

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health said yesterday it has appointed Dr. James Forshee as its SVP of medical affairs and CMO.

Forshee will oversee Priority Health’s medical policy and programming and implement clinical strategies.

Priority Health President and CEO Joan Budden said Forshee is “a respected and revered industry veteran.”

“He will play a pivotal role in executing our long-term growth strategy and implement innovative tactics to improve patient care,” she said.

Forshee’s background

Prior to joining Priority Health, Forshee was the VP of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Molina Healthcare of Michigan for 11 years. In this role, he led the implementation of medical policies, clinical strategies and medical management initiatives, including pharmacy, quality improvement and support for partnerships with provider networks.

He has also held executive positions with United Healthcare, SelectCare, Centene and Blue Care Network of Michigan.

Forshee is board certified in family medicine.

He was recently awarded the 2016 Ellis J. Bonner Outstanding Achievement Award by the Michigan Association of Health Plans for his service, leadership and contributions to the managed care industry.

Forshee earned his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed his residency in family practice at St. Joseph Hospital. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, a physician assistant degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University.

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